Baltic Sea Region, World Science Day for Peace and Development, 2016

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Every year, on November 10, the World Science Day for Peace and Development is being celebrated. It emphasizes the significance of science and advocates for a more active role of the wider public in scientific developments. As a part of the mission, the Science Day team continuously informs the public about the latest scientific developments and innovations.

In that way, they bring science closer to general society and contribute to awareness-raising on scientific matters. Scientists also make an effort to broaden our knowledge about our only precious planet Earth and how we can save it.

Raising Awareness

UNESCO emphasizes the importance of this Day and calls upon all individuals to gather people in their community to celebrate this particular Day. The goal is to draw attention to the topic of science, including everyone, from celebrities, government officials to school children. We can start with raising awareness in our local communities and contribute to the scientists’ efforts.
The topic of this year’s World Science Day for Peace and Development 2016 is “Celebrating Science Centers and Science Museums.”

The main objectives of celebrating the Day are strengthening the connections between the scientific world and the society promoting the importance of science, stressing the significance of national and international cooperation in scientific discoveries between countries worldwide, reminding the countries and nations to use science to benefit society, and to secure support for the scientific cause, as well as to point out the challenges science has to cope with.

The Day for Peace and Development 2016 is the 15th in a row since the first proclamation of the Day in 2001 by UNESCO. Under the program’s wing, many projects have been developed and implemented. Also, the program raised many funds for scientific purposes. The Day assisted in the development of regional cooperation between scientific communities coming from conflict areas like the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization (IPSO).

The Baltic Sea Region

In line with the commitments of the World Science Day for Peace and Development, the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) took a joint action on its own to promote science. The CBSS is also going to actively participate in this year’s Day celebration by participating in debates of the Baltic Science Network (BSN).

This cross-border platform unites scientists from all Baltic countries which cooperate in scientific developments and research. The Network emphasizes the importance of joint work and efforts and contributes to it actively. It particularly emphasizes three UN objectives as crucial for the region. These are affordable and clean energy, sustainable local communities, and climate action.

The CBSS, in cooperation with other institutions, plans to hold the Climate Cube event on December 1 and discuss the climate change in the Baltic cities and how it influenced everyday life and communities. Major goals of the manifestation include climate change mitigation and the decrease of traffic services emissions. Regional and macro-regional projects are already planned and wait to be implemented within the framework of international assistance. The roundtable will also leave space for the exchange of ideas, opinions, and creative solutions.

The CBSS is enthusiastic about the World Science Day for Peace and Development serving as a basis to initiate a cross-border dialogue regarding research, science, and academic mobility.

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